Small Increase in Activity Brings Major Health Rewards for Seniors

A recent Tufts University study shows that senior citizens who increased their physical activity, for even a small amount of time each week, significantly improved their physical function and reduced their risk of immobility. Researchers looked at the activity levels of seniors over the age of 70 with low physical functioning and engaging in less than 20 minutes of physical activity per week. Half the seniors participated in a walking and weight training program, and the other half participated in health education workshops. The study considered data from 1,635 men and women between the ages of 70 and 89 over an average of 2.6 years. Exercise occurred within the program, and also outside the program, as reported by the participants themselves and activity monitoring devices.

Although the original goal was to have participants engage in the walking program for 150 minutes for week, researchers noticed benefits after only 48 minutes of walking. Researchers found that all sedentary seniors benefited to some degree from increased amounts of exercise, but those who engaged in the most activity saw the greatest benefits in terms of mobility and physical functioning. However, even those seniors who increased their activity levels rather modestly still saw big benefits.

As the nursing home industry continues to grow with America’s steadily aging population, the quality of care and staff members continues to become of greater concern. All too often, nursing home staff members do not properly care for their residents, which can lead directly to their injuries resulting from abuse or neglect. At Boller & Vaughan, we focus on protecting the rights of those who have suffered neglectful or abusive actions at the hands of caregivers at nursing home facilities. We have the skills and knowledge to delve into the facts your case, consider all available options, and advocate on your behalf by bringing any legal claims that you may have against the nursing home in question, or its staff members. Contact your Wisconsin nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys or call us at (608) 268-0268 and schedule your free consultation today.


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